VIDEO: Sheffield bargain hunters out in force

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Bargain hunters were out in force as stores slashed their prices as the post-Christmas sales began, writes Nik Brear.

Shoppers were queuing from as early as 3am at Meadowhall shopping centre, to be first in line to bag cut-price sale items.

Tadas Remeikas, aged 30, of Sheffield.

Tadas Remeikas, aged 30, of Sheffield.

Thousands of people waited eagerly for the first shops to open their doors at 6am on the centre’s busiest shopping day of the year.

Next, Marks & Spencer, Boots and Topshop were among the centre’s busiest retailers offering up to 75 per cent off on items including handbags, designer clothes, shoes, jewellery, perfume and electrical items.

Steve Ormerod, Next store manager, said: “People were here from 3am, which is pretty much a normal sale day for us.

“It takes a lot of organisation and forward planing to keep everything flowing smoothly.

Tracey Dooley, 48, and Kevin Dooley, 52, from Rotherham.

Tracey Dooley, 48, and Kevin Dooley, 52, from Rotherham.

“Our store capacity is 2,070 and we had thousands more outside waiting to come in.

“The first hour was the most chaotic, and we had a few arguments break out.

“We had water and sweets on hand to keep people happy as they were waiting. We’ve done this before.”

Sarah May-Brown, store manager at River Island, said: “We had queue controllers working hard to de-tag clothes and remove hangers before people got to the tills.”

Julianna Musa, 38, of Rotherham.

Julianna Musa, 38, of Rotherham.

Shopper Julianna Musa, aged 38, from Rotherham, said: “It was a manic day, but fun with lots of bargains.”

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“I arrived at 4.30am. I always come in early on Boxing Day. I’m not keen on the waiting, but it’s all part of it.
“I’m always glad I made the effort when I get some great bargains.”

Tadas Remeikas, aged 30, of Sheffield, said: “I arrived at 4.30am. I always come in early on Boxing Day. I’m not keen on the waiting, but it’s all part of it.
“I’m always glad I made the effort when I get some great bargains.”

rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick'26/12/13 'SEE COPY RPYSALES'Picture shows 6am Boxing Day sales at Meadowhall, Sheffield. Shoppers woke early this morning to grab a bargain at the Boxing Day sales at Next, Meadowhall.

rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick'26/12/13 'SEE COPY RPYSALES'Picture shows 6am Boxing Day sales at Meadowhall, Sheffield. Shoppers woke early this morning to grab a bargain at the Boxing Day sales at Next, Meadowhall.

Tracey Dooley, 48, and Kevin Dooley, 52, from Rotherham, said: “We arrived at 6am and spent two hours queueing for the tills at Next. “We’ve done this the last couple of years and always drop on some great bargains.”

Julianna Musa, 38, of Rotherham, said: “I arrived at 5am with my sister and husband. We do it every year to pick up bargains for our children and get some brilliant stuff. It’s manic, but satisfying and kind of fun.”

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